July 4th Around the World

All over the United States, we celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, food, parades, and flags, all supplemented by local trends and traditions. In New York, fireworks will explode over the East River. In Washington, we’ll get a free concert on a Capitol Fourth. In Santa Fe, where I’m from, we’ll take over the town Plaza to eat pancakes. But what about Americans living overseas? For … Continue reading July 4th Around the World

Weekly Warm-Up: Brazil Celebrates the ‘Day of the Geographer’

In the United States, we pay homage to some of our greatest men and women by recognizing their professional lives. From Presidents’ Day to Veterans’ Day to Labor Day, all of us enjoy holidays in celebration of the hard work we put into our livelihoods for over 50 weeks each year. As the United States honors its fallen soldiers during next week’s Memorial Day observances, … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Brazil Celebrates the ‘Day of the Geographer’

Weekly Warm-Up: Get Ready for BioBlitz!

Bringing thousands of students and citizens together with hundreds of scientists to explore a gorgeous national park is one awesome way to go about a BioBlitz. But it’s not the only way! The purpose of organizing a BioBlitz is to document every bit of life within a set parameter in order to understand that location’s biodiversity. This might include observing the magnificent redwoods of Muir Woods—and the … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Get Ready for BioBlitz!

Weekly Warm-Up: Why it Matters that Chechnya is Not the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is rebranding itself as Czechia. What’s in a name? “Proposals for a one-word English name have been floating around since the Czech Republic was established over two decades ago, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The BBC notes that a shorter name would ‘make it easier for companies and sports teams to use it on products and clothing.’” But would Czechia (pronounced CHEK-ee-uh) … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Why it Matters that Chechnya is Not the Czech Republic

Weekly Warm-Up: Great Lakes Literacy Principles: Our Freshwater Sea!

Get ready for World Water Day this Tuesday with a fresh look at the Great Lakes! This post was written by Rosanne Fortner, the Director of COSEE (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence), and Lyndsey Manzo, a high school teacher, in 2010.  When we think about freshwater and its importance to all life, our thoughts should turn to how and where we are educating about … Continue reading Weekly Warm-Up: Great Lakes Literacy Principles: Our Freshwater Sea!